As I type this I’m sat battling with my printer; trying to print some travelling photos to go on the wall in our front room. That’s the problem with smart phones and digital cameras really isn’t it? You never actually get round to printing off all the photos to enjoy!
Looking back on memories and reliving happy moments is ultimately why I made the decision to start a travel blog back in 2015 – and while it has been slightly neglected since I made the decision in June to return to full time employment, this little corner on the internet I call home is still very close to my heart.
Project Wanderlust – A Year In Review
2017 has been another great year for us. We have visited new places, stayed with family in America and had plenty of fun close to home as well. With the girls growing up at an alarming rate I am really starting to notice a difference in the way that we travel. There is more room for spontaneity and the girls are connecting with the places we go on a deeper level; bringing home with them world knowledge they would never be able to gain from a classroom.
2017 started with a New Year’s Day flight to Bulgaria for a few days skiing in Borovets. Little O spent her time in Ski Kindi as they don’t start full day lessons in Bulgaria until age seven, however Lottie really found her confidence of the slopes as the week progressed and was mastering the blue runs before out time there was up.
Next up was a train-based adventure to Scotland for a mini-break with our besties. After one too many G&Ts on the train (the adults were a little over excited about how stress-free the Caledonian Sleeper was), we picked up the rental car and arrived at home for the week in Golspie. Ticking a visit to John O’Groats and Looking for Nessie off of my bucket list we returned home to thaw out!
The summer holidays were meant to be a quiet affair this year as we had a trip to California planned for October – however after a week of rain and gales on our annual trip to Looe we booked up a few days in Ibiza to get us some much needed vitamin D! The girls both fell in love Ibiza – totally connecting with the Balearic vibe (that apple doesn’t fall far from the tree clearly) and I can see this becoming a regular haunt of ours as the years go on.
October was the big one. California. After a slightly turbulent start (we had to rearrange most of our itinerary due to the wild fires) this coastal road trip was everything we dreamed it would be are more. The perfect mix of beach and city break – with the added pleasure of seeing our family thrown in for good measure – this was one to remember!
Finally, to end the year off on a high, we booked a last minute trip to Chessington for their Father Christmas sleepover weekend with our friends. Not really knowing what to expect, we were a little sceptical about this being a little too much ‘enforced fun’- but we were pleasantly surprised. The whole weekend was magical – and the perfect way to kick off our festive period.
Looking back on the year it may not appear that we have done that much travelling – but with two children in school and both Mr L and I working full time I am actually really proud of what we have achieved.
Other highlights this year have been the girls taking up rugby and discovering their inner fierce, spending 4th July in Hyde Park watching the ‘Home Run Derby’, watching ZBB at the Country2Country festival in March, seeing The Shires and Nashville live The Royal Albert Hal, completing Walk For Peace and Little O learning to ride a bike!
It’s been one to remember!
Roll on 2018 – Happy New Year y’all